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ber. Employees generally have 30 days
to complete a training, and the software
will send them reminders as the deadline
approaches. It also sends administrators
reports on completion rates, Nagel says.
Employees also must pass quizzes
to complete a training module. In the
face-to-face PD of the past, employees
simply signed a sheet confirming they
attended-without having to offer any
evidence of learning, Nagel says.
The platform can also identify an
employee who has filed multiple claims
for the same injury, such as back strain
from lifting objects incorrectly. The district can then provide the employee with
personalized training to avoid future injuries, Nagel says.
Beyond requirements
Richmond Community Schools doesn't
limit PD to what's mandated, says COO
Tidrow. Secretaries and clerical staff, for
instance, get monthly training on the

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district's student information system.
They also learn FERPA rules about student data privacy. "It's homegrown, and
definitely something we see as valuable
for employees' growth and for the better
operations of district," Tidrow says.
He keeps track of all of the PD, and
who attends, with homemade spreadsheets rather than with specially designed

software. One goal is to keep employees
honest about the skills they should have.
"We don't want people to go through
two or three hours of training and, two
months later, say they were never trained
on that," he says. "We can go back and
say, 'Well yeah, you were there.'" DA
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